Andrews in Cherokee County NC
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Andrews North Carolina - Valley River Country

In the northeastern region of Cherokee County along US 19/129 near the town of Andrews, there is a long open valley floor that appears to be almost perfectly level against its towering mountainous horizons. A phenomenon when you consider this is in the midst of a land where nothing is flat. The valley is encased within long mountain walls on either side that seem to rise straight up to the clouds as each mountain range races to meet at the valley's end. To the south are the towering Valley River Mountains; to the north the rolling Snowbird Mountains, both mountain ranges are part of the Nantahala National Forest.

The Valley River snakes it way along this broad valley floor on its way westward to converge with the Hiwassee River at the town of Murphy. The Cherokee called this place "Gunahita," meaning long and later changed it to "Konehetee," meaning valley.

Rafting on the NantahalaThe 4-lane highway (US 19/129) with its wide medium dissects the center of the valley floor offering outstanding views of the valley from the roadway. The shoulders of the roadway are often lined with wildflowers spring, summer and fall. The Valley River region's older two lane roads along the valley generally hug the long mountain ranges on either side, winding along the valley edge, offering only views of the mountains across the way. At the point where the mountains meet at the eastern end of the valley, the four lanes becomes the two lanes of US 19/129 due to the two mountains range narrowing at the eastern end of the valley. Here the roadway between the giants mountain walls continue their race along either side as the roadway gradually gains altitude up a rather straight path to the low mountain gap in the community of Topton, this is the east end of Cherokee County, beyond here to the east you enter the deep Nantahala River Gorge country.

In the central section of the Valley River along the four-lane you'll find the Western Carolina Regional Airport along the north side of the valley. The runway is 5,500-feet in length and capable of handling small jet engine planes or if you prefer aircraft. On the south side of the highway across from the airport is the valley town of Andrews, North Carolina.

Murphy Andrews Airfield

Like Murphy, the town of Andrews has a wealth of history along with interesting turn of the century architecture for an "out of the way" mountain town. Andrews was not incorporated until 1905 and didn't really get its start until 1890 when the railroad was completed at present day Andrews. During that time this depot stop was called Valley Town until it took its name in honor of the railroad's second vice-president Colonel A. B. Andrews.

Andrews Welcome CenterWhat makes the town of Andrews so special is that it has a nice laid-back, feel good mountain town atmosphere with a backdrop I can only call, "outstanding." The Valley River borders the north side of town, beyond that the valley flows north towards the lower slopes of the Snowbird Mountains. To the south of Andrews, rolling foothills and meadow lands create a spacious hideaway for mountain escapes.

Downtown Andrews ShoppingThe historic downtown district is lined with brick buildings and storefronts that date back to the turn of the 20th century. Large historic homes dot the downtown district reminding us of a time when the railroad and local natural resources brought prosperity to this out of the way mountain rail town.

You can access Main Street off of US 19/129 using Business Route 19 on either end of town. Business Route 19 becomes Andrews' Main Street, which will take you into the heart of the historic downtown district. Shops and eateries are located in the downtown district; B&B's, cabin rentals and other lodging are available within the town and outlining areas.

Andrews Historic HomesSeveral structures in Andrews are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The First Baptist Church constructed in 1900 and is currently known as the Valley Town Cultural Art Center was designed in the Classical Revival style.

There's the Queen Anne style Franklin Pierce Cover House constructed in 1900. The Walker's Inn, built in 1825 and the ancient Andrews Mound, built in prehistoric Native American style is also on the list (mound is not opened to the public). Several other buildings in the downtown district are on the Cherokee County list of Historical Places.


The Western Carolina Regional Airport lies in the most perfectly flat valleys in the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains. It's almost surreal to see it stretched out against a beautiful mountain backdrop. Some contribute its levelness to being shaped by the last ice age; I believe the valley in itself is unique no matter what the explanation. Along the south side of the runway there are a set of railroad tracks running straight as an arrow west, parallel to the airfield. South of the rail line in the center of the valley, the broad 4 lane super highway travels through this natural mountain corridor like destiny deemed it, what a statement in time, history and transportation.

Valley River CountryBefore leaving the Valley River Country, there's more history that needs to be shared. Up until 1838 this was all Cherokee land from the rising to the setting sun. The county was established in 1839, the same year Fort Delaney was constructed in the Valley River region for the removal of the Cherokee people in accordance to the Treaty of the New Echota.

Tatham Gap RoadThe difficult mountainous terrain of the Snowbird Mountains between Fort Delaney in the Valley River region, and Fort Montgomery located in what is today's town of Robbinsville in neighboring Graham County was nearly impossible. A road had to be cut through the treacherous wilderness backcountry of the Snowbird's steep mountains and it was done without any instruments, in a terrain where you often can't see the sun or stars for the trees, but the trees are the key, moss grows on the north side of trees, giving something to go by. General Winfield Scott gave the orders and the US Army's troopers carried out the feat, the road is considered the first government built road in the region. The soldiers using axes, picks and saws cut this road by hand and horse team, the road is known as Tatham Gap Road, a now popular primitive forestry road that's off the beaten path. The unpaved road winds up and down along a path with curves that often seem to small to transport anything but pack mules, and to think they used wagons. You can find Tatham Gap Road across the main highway US 19/129 north of Andrews. A local county map of Cherokee and Graham Counties would be helpful on your journey.

The Valley River region is just as it appears, laid back and serene in a remarkable setting of Cherokee County's Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains.

Blue Ridge Highlander's Gallery

Highlander Fine Arts, Authentic Mountain Photography and Fine Crafts

The Highlander Gallery
When you are visiting the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains, a stop by the Highlander Gallery is well worth your time. The Highlander Gallery represents some of the finest artists in the mountains.  With a large assortment of Fine Art Photography and Fine Crafts as well.

Here are a sampling of the artists you will find....Anthony Abreu • John Mac Kah • Ruthanne Kah • Michael Bedoian • Keith Moore • Juanita Greenspan • Mike Lalone • Robert Levin • Tonya Fowler • Jason Fowler • Jo Kilmer • Les Smith • Chuck Waldroup • Joe Waldroup • Billy Reynolds • Bob Crisp • Thomas Payne • Sarah Long Dauchez • January Tiberius • Frances McCord • Neal Hearn • Nanci Leigh • Rita Poole • Clive Poole • Richard Cranford

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Food & Drink in Murphy NC

Parson's Pub in Historic Downtown Murphy NC
Lunch •  Dinner • Great Beer

The Parson's Pub

We believe in old fashioned, face to face, friendly conversation. You will not find any televisions or loud music. Just a warm place to feel at home and enjoy...

We pride ourselves on our extensive beer menu (over 50!). Talk to one of our "Beervangelists" to help you try a new favorite! If you request a beer we do not carry, we will attempt to get it!

Monday - Saturday    11 am - 10 pm

19 Tennessee Street • Murphy, NC 28906 • 828-837-4151  •  Parson's Pub Web Site

Shopping in Cherokee County NC

Serenity Mountain Gift Shop

Serenity Mountain Gift Shop

Why us? Serenity Mountain is a unique gift shop specializing in Himalayan Salt Lamps and glowing ember baskets ( baskets filled with Himalayan salt chunks and fitted with a dimmer cord). We also carry zen home accents, "hippie" chic jewelry and clothing, featuring Jane Marie, Lenny & Eva, Soul Flower Eco-Friendly t-shirts, Umgee, She & Sky Clothing. At Serenity you will find quality incense, sage smudge, goat milk soap, Serenity Mountain Organic's all natural skin care products and organic essential oils, diffusers, oil burners,and many more great gifts with serenity living in mind. A unique little gem.

At Serenity Mountain, we are focused on providing you with a wide selection of unique gifts  to support a serene lifestyle. We pride ourselves in giving you the highest levels of customer satisfaction & we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. If we don't carry something you're looking for, we will do our best to get it!   With a variety of gifts to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us.  We hope to see you soon!

Tues - Fri 10:30am - 5:30pm  •  Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm  •  Sun and Mon CLOSED
35 Tennessee St  •  Murphy, NC 28906  •  828.361.7543  • 

Boating & Marinas in the Mountains

Mountain View Marina at Bear Paw Resort in Murphy NC

Mountain View Marina at Bear Paw Resort in Murphy North Carolina
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Lake Hiwassee is one of the most picturesque lakes in the southeast, with most of its 163 miles of shoreline preserved by the Nantahala National Forest, its breathtaking beauty remains unspoiled.   To enjoy Lake Hiwassee, visit Mountain View Marina, our full-service marina offers boat rentals, paddle board rentals, long and short term slip rentals, gasoline, boat ramps, fishing licenses, bait, boating supplies, snacks and drinks.

Open Daily 9 am to 7pm  •  •  828.644.5451

200 Dean Aldrich Drive  • Murphy, NC 28906  •

White Water Rafting Mountains

Rafting on the Ocoee River

White Water Rafting on the Ocoee
The Ocoee River is often described as the roller coaster of the southeast. Come experience what has been called the greatest white water center in the world.

Professional river outfitter with over 30 years experience. Our safety record is unsurpassed in the industry. We believe our staff is simply the best in the business. Guides are chosen for their character and enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with you.

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Rafting on the Nantahala River

White Water Rafting on the Nantahala

Experience this unforgettable whitewater adventure through the gorge. The Nantahala is exciting, and a great time, but not as wild as the Ocoee.  This is a river that you can bring children on as young as seven years old.

Experience the excitement of Patton's Run, the fun and splash of Tumble Dry, the rush and roar of riding Class III Nantahala Falls. For a bigger thrill, try taking one of our Duckies down the river!

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Zipline Canopy Tours

Zip Line Canopy Tours...Nantahala Gorge • Chattooga Ridge • Asheville • Pigeon River

Canopy Tours on the Nantahala Gorge, Chattooga Ridge and Pigeon River

Whichever course you choose you are sure to enjoy the newest outdoor adventure to hit the US.

All our courses offer a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual drop in elevation. All trips offer fully guided tours with 2 or more Rangers on at least 10 zips, 4 bridges beginning with a training course at each location.

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Real Estate & Property Management in Cherokee County North Carolina

Property & Cabin Rental Management

Great Mountain Properties & Cabin Rentals in now accepting additional cabins in Murphy North Carolina

Great Mountain Cabin Rentals

Whether you purchased your mountain home as an occasional getaway, an investment, or the destination of your future retirement, we realize the importance that it be respected as your home first and foremost.

It is our objective to provide you with both quality property management as well as a rental program to help offset some of the expense of owning a 2nd home. Through the combined knowledge of all of us at Great Mountain Cabin Rentals, we have the expertise to help you understand and create a Great Mountain Cabin Rental.

46 Valley River Ave  •  Murphy, NC  • 828.835.3275  •

Cabin Rentals & Lodging in Cherokee County North Carolina


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